Weekly figures released yesterday (March 1st) reveal that there is just one known positive case of Covid-19 in Alderney, down from 14 on the same day last week. The latest figures are published every Tuesday on https://covid19.gov.gg/
However, there are 1,219 known active cases in the Bailiwick – 961 new cases have been identified in the last week and 775 people have recovered. Therefore the States of Alderney is reminding Islanders that the pandemic is not over despite this encouraging downward trend in cases on Alderney.
Anyone feeling unwell should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and stay at home. Positive results can be reported through the current online platform at Covid19.gov.gg or by calling the helpline on 01481 220001/2. Confirmatory PCR tests will continue to be available.
Islanders should also test before attending an indoor event or visiting vulnerable people.
Anyone testing positive is still expected to isolate even though the legal requirement to do so ended two weeks ago. Guidance from Public Health remains that positive cases should isolate until they receive negative LFTs on consecutive days following day 5 or complete 10 days of isolation, whichever is sooner.
Business owners and managers are being asked to support and encourage staff to continue doing the right thing by staying at home if they are unwell, or if they have tested positive for Covid-19, as we continue to live responsibly with the virus.
Employees unable to work for at least four days may be eligible for sickness benefit. Claims can be progress via the benefit helpline (01481 222507). Detailed information is available at covid19.gov.gg/guidance/business/current.
Although legally mandated self-isolation for cases and all border restrictions have ended, the States is asking the whole community to recognise that Covid-19 has not gone away and we should remain vigilant.
Other important community measures include:
• The vaccination and boosting programme is still running with boosters available via
the Island Medical Centre (822077).
• Although not mandatory, the wearing of face coverings should be considered in
crowded indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.
• Maintain good ventilation where people gather indoors, wherever possible.
• We should continue to respect people’s personal space.
• Respiratory etiquette (catch it, bin it, kill it) and hand hygiene (wash your hands
regularly) remain important for everyone. ENDS